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Ritz-Carlton announces major expansion initiative

CHEVY CHASE, Md. - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

US travel industry unveils plan to create 1.3 million American jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Travel Association unveiled a plan to create 1.3 million U.S. jobs and add $859 billion to the U.S.

Plan to improve security at US airports unveiled

The U.S. Travel Association and a panel of travel and security experts unveiled a groundbreaking plan to improve security at America's airports and reduce the burden on travelers.

Southern Sudan unveils plan for animal shaped cities

JUBA, Sudan – A city shaped like a giraffe? A rhino-shaped town? Even one that looks from above like a pineapple?

Czech government approves plan to salvage troubled national airline

The Czech government has approved a three-year plan to restructure the troubled Czech national carrier CSA, the finance minister said Monday.

Australian film stars to promote tourism in online campaign

Australian celebrities and A-list visitors will be asked to tweet for the nation under an ambitious plan to lure more tourists Down Under.

Brazil Tourism Board unveils Aquarela 2020

BRASILIA, Brazil - Major global sporting events provide unique tourism opportunities for host destinations.

Tourism Ireland’s plan to increase tourist numbers

Tourism Ireland has launched an ambitious plan to increase visitor numbers to the island of Ireland by three per cent, or 230,000 people, next year.

Flybe planning IPO

LONDON - British budget airline Flybe and five oil companies are planning initial public offerings in London next year which are expected to value them collectively at 1.5 billion pounds ($2.46 billio

Report: JAL’s plan to be rejected by banks

Japan’s three largest banks have decided to reject the Transport Ministry’s rehabilitation plan for their loan customer Japan Airlines Corp., the Nikkei newspaper reported.

Singapore developing plan to boost tourism

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is developing a new road map for 2020. It is also looking for ideas from the public.

Hong Kong to attract more Mainland tourists

HONG KONG - Financial secretary of Hong Kong John Tsang Wednesday proposed a string of measures to boost the city's tourism, including attracting more Mainland tourists through Individual Visit Scheme

Morocco devises new strategy to protect tourism industry from global crisis

The Ministry of Tourism has drafted a new plan to protect the Moroccan tourism sector from the effects of the global economic crisis, with just one year to go before the goal of attracting 10 million

Aeroflot investor put in tailspin by Kremlin plan

Aeroflot, the Russian airline, is facing an uncomfortable future as its majority shareholder, the state, appears intent on reviving the rest of the country’s struggling airline sector by creating an

Sir Richard Branson wants to buy English airport

Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire owner of airline Virgin Atlantic, has said he would be interested in bidding for London's Gatwick airport.

‘Baghdad Eye’ to draw tourists

Iraq is considering building a giant observation wheel in Baghdad in an attempt to promote the city as a potential tourist destination.

Travel industry welcomes BAA break-up plan

The travel industry has given a broad welcome to the Competition Commission’s announcement that BAA may be forced to sell off Gatwick, Stansted and a third airport in Scotland.

Ryanair plan flies in the face of airline wisdom

ROME - Michael O'Leary has been called a lot of things, not all of them polite.

Cruise line association’s plans unveiled in newspaper

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - The fate of a PR campaign developed for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) appears up in the air after it was accidentally e-mailed to a Connecticut reporter.

National discussion on tourism regarding El Salvador’s Federal Plan for 2020

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - A national discussion was held July 1, 2008 that mapped out the way for adjusting the Federal Tourism Plan for 2014 and extending it into 2020, with a view toward analyzing

Bartlett has five-year plan to boost tourism

The tourism ministry is working on an initiative to increase tourist arrivals to five million people in the next four years. This is forecasted to pull in earnings of $5 billion.

Nationwide push to target domestic, religious and overseas tourists

Speaking on the final day (May 5 2008) of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, special guest speaker His Royal Highness, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Chairman of the Board and Secretary General of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) outlined the strategic plan for tourism development in the kingdom.

Tourism’s game plan for the future

Sri Lankan Tourism officials are hoping a newly introduced strategic marketing plan will result in a 10% increase in their returns.